In the Book of Exodus (39:1-31), it is explained that the high priest in the temple was to wear a gown that had a bottom trim of pomegranates--a symbol of seeds and new life--and bells. It is explained quite clearly that the bells will allow those in the Temple to know when the high priest is coming, and when he departs. Today our Christmas bells are not necessarily a warning to any dark force...but they are a joyous announcement of the fact that the Holy One is coming. And today the pomegranate can be a reference to the church the crown on the top en-robing the seeds or the people.
The priests' garments were reportedly rich and splendid. The church in its infancy was thus taught by shadows of good things to come; but today the substance is Christ, and the grace of the gospel. Christ is our great High Priest. May the pomegranates and bell trim on this new prototype design stole be a reminder of the good news! We're testing the waters with this design by offering them here for pastors and here for deacons on eBay this week. We'd love your feedback even if these two stoles are not destined to your mailbox.